Climbing Up the Financial Ladder

As you work to improve your finances, some things will become much easier. For example, creating a realistic budget for us took some time to figure out, but now it’s pretty easy to manage as we’re becoming accustomed to our needs and spending habits. The other side of the coin is that, as you progress, you’ll find that you’ll encounter some situations you hadn’t thought of before. […]

How to Downsize and Declutter

These past two years I've been wavering back and forth between continuing to rent versus buying a house. Since moving is something I dread, I started packing up my belongings months ago in anticipation of moving, and storing the boxes in one of my unused bedrooms. […]

How to Have a Successful Garage Sale

I recently had my first garage sale ever as an adult. It was a wild success, if I do say so myself. In dollar terms, let's just say we made enough to go out to at least four gourmet dinners, which is completely worth the effort in my book. How'd I do it? […]

Reality TV: Does It Pay to Apply?

Reality television has exploded in recent years with top stars bringing in large sums for their exploits. Kate Gosselin of "Kate Plus 8" reportedly makes $250,000 per episode. Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino of the Jersey Shore will make $5 million in 2010. […]

When She No Longer Supports You

This is a guest article by Sam, the author of the blog Financial Samurai and the founder of the Yakezie Challenge and Network. He writes a column for Consumerism Commentary every other Tuesday.Patrick is one of the most ambitious people you’ll ever meet. After graduating summa cum laude, Patrick joined Morgan Stanley and made his first $100,000 in the stock market at the age of 23. […]

Beware Investing Gimmicks

I was reading USA Today a couple weeks ago when I saw John Waggoner’s column about the Dogs of the Dow investing strategy. It’s a pretty easy strategy and one that I find really appealing. […]

Moving? Rent First, Ask Questions Later

This is a guest-post from Tim Ellis, author of Seattle Bubble, a blog and forum dedicated to discussing real estate market conditions in the Seattle area. Tim is a long-time GRS reader. During my last trip to Europe, he shared a controversial article on renting vs. […]

Making Your Career Reputation

The book The New Job Security, Revised: The 5 Best Strategies for Taking Control of Your Career talks about how we all need to make our career reputations what we want them to be (reflecting positively on us) instead of simply letting them happen. To do this, the author offers five main avenues for developing your reputation as follows: Executing your job well -- Delivery is job one. […]

Meal planning for plugging budgetary holes

Chief Family Officer and I go waaaay back: we both started blogging in 2005.  She, being the consummate CFO, has been far more regular with monitoring her routines than I have.  (By contrast, if you were to count the number of times I start something up on here, and then never hear about it again, well, let’s just say we’d both be here a while.) Case in point, here is an excerpt f […]

Ask the Readers: Will This Winter Be More Expensive? (Chance to Win!)

It's getting cold in many parts of the country. Tomatoes have fallen off, vines have frozen, and the grass no longer needs mowing. Many people are looking ahead to gas bills, fireplaces, and the rising cost of certain types of energy. […]

Bank Accounts For People With Bad Credit

There have been several people I know who have wanted the convenience of checking, but couldn’t open a new account due to bad credit. The past recession has left many to deal with damaged credit everywhere you look. But all may not be lost even if you happen to be in this boat. You can [...]Bank Accounts For People With Bad Credit Copyright 2011 All rights reserved. […]

Don’t Rely on Social Security

This is a message to all of those people under, say, forty out there. Don’t rely on Social Security for any part of your retirement. When you’re thinking about retirement, assume that you’re going to be paying your own way. That’s not a statement that a lot of people like to think about, but the data pretty much points to this as an inevitability. […]

More on the Cost of Mutual Funds

We've talked about the role cost plays in determining the success of a mutual fund's performance. CNN Money tackled the same issue (and quoted the same Morningstar study) from a different perspective in a recent column. It started with the following question from a reader: I'm trying to choose between two funds in my 401(k) that invest in the same sector. […]

Simplify My “Stuff”

Kiplinger has an article out this month called Stretch Your Paycheck where they point out eight ways you might be able to trim your expenses to make your money go a little farther. […]

Would You Marry Someone Deep in Debt?

Here's a piece by Yahoo (from the NY Times) that talks about how debt can destroy a budding relationship. I posted this a couple weeks ago on Facebook (click here to see FMF on Facebook) but thought it would be worth discussing here as well. But first, let's set the scene. […]

Best Money Tips: How to Care for Your Shoes

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup. Today, we give you expert tips for taking care of your shoes, how to make money as a lab rat, and which bloggers on Twitter can save you some cash! Top 5 Articles The Proper Care and Feeding of Your Shoes — Many of us take them for granted, and yet a little TLC can help them last a lifetime. […]

The Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, Financial Wisdom from The Princess Bride. Enjoy! […]

Reader Mailbag: Public Cell Phone Use

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Rebuilding a life post-divorce 2. Freelancing baby steps 3. Power of attorney question 4. Emergency fund or invest? 5. Does prayer work? 6. Getting your spouse to participate 7. Splitting bills with roommate 8. […]

Buying Gold: ETFs and Bullion

Over the past few weeks, the price of gold (expressed in dollars) has increased to all-time highs. This is true if you don’t adjust historical prices for inflation. This and the price increase that began for the recession have fueled a surge in interest in investing in gold. Investors are looking to ride this wave. […]

Lessons We Can Learn From Blockbuster's Demise

There's a common perception among business owners that adding an online presence to an already existing brick-and-mortar business is a no-brainer. That's not surprising. Marketing gurus have been touting the power of the Internet for years and given its exponential growth and success, there's been no reason to argue that strategy. […]